2020年11月号 : エイゴパス 月刊ニュースレター

英語ニュース Current Internet NEWS!! <新着ネットニュース>
英語のビデオ Video News (Domestic and World Events/国内&世界の動画ニュース)
Business English <ビジネス英語フレーズ>
Grammar Study<今月の文法学習>
TOEICクイズ TOEIC Study Quiz<TOEICテスト>
Monthly Column – <今月のコラム>
You can read the article below and use it in your lessons to discuss with your teacher. — この記事を読んで先生とレッスンで話し合おう!
World News

Whale tail sculpture saves derailed metro train from disaster

A Dutch metro train has become an unlikely addition to a piece of urban art after it derailed, crashed through safety barriers, and came to a halt on the top of a sculpture of a whale’s tail.

The train passed through a stop block at De Akkers station in Spijkenisse on the outskirts of Rotterdam at around 12:30 AM on Monday morning. It is unclear what caused the accident.

Half of one of the metro carriages came to rest on the sculpture and became stranded around ten metres above the street and surrounding water.

No injuries have been reported for the incident, although the train has suffered extensive damage.

The metro driver was able to get out of the train himself and was taken to hospital as a precaution, according to a spokesman for the Rotterdam transport company, RET.

The driver has since been arrested and is being questioned by police.

Emergency services are busy at the scene and have warned that the rescue operation will take time.

Trains are still able to travel through De Akkers station on Monday, according to a statement by emergency services.

sculpture 彫刻、彫像
derail 脱線する
stranded 座礁した、動けなくなった
precaution 予防措置、用心、予防









Japan News:

Japan starts ‘Warm Biz’ campaign to encourage energy-saving in winter

The Japanese government began its annual “Warm Biz” energy-saving campaign on Nov. 2. The campaign encourages people to take environmentally friendly steps in beating the winter cold.

The Warm Biz campaign runs through March. The Environment Ministry is asking people to set their room temperatures at 20 C. Some officials at the ministry wore sweaters while others covered their laps with blankets.

“I want to encourage people to dress warmly so as not to rely on air heating,” said Keiichi Kikuchi, the head of the ministry’s division in charge of the campaign. He also said it was important to have good room ventilation to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The government-led campaign started in 2005 to promote energy conservation to help mitigate global warming. It encourages warm clothing and thermal insulation materials for buildings.

annual 年に1度の、例年の、1年の
so as not to ~するといけないから
ventilation 換気(装置)、空調
mitigate 和らげる、軽減する
insulation 断熱(性)、防音






  New! Learning through News Videos
Business English Expression and Phrases <ビジネス英会話フレーズ>
-Learn expressions such as idioms and slang that is unique to culture, age, and business!
新しい英語表現: 文化・時代・ビジネスで使う特有なイディオム表現や俗語を覚えよう!
Twist someone’s arm「圧力をかける、無理強いをする」
The witness was reluctant to cooperate at first, but when the police twisted his arm, he came out with the details.


  直訳すると「腕をねじる」という意味ですが、実は誰かに何かを「強制する」時に使われる言い回しです。つまり ”force someone to do something” (=誰かに何かを強制する)と同じ意味です。腕をねじり上げて、無理やり何かをさせるようなイメージに由来する表現です。
Stab someone in the back「裏切る、不意打ちをする」
Voting against the bill on the reservation for the villagers of Scotland at the last minute was a real stab in the back.


  「人の背中を刺す」と直訳できるこの表現は、人を裏切ることを意味します。特に家族や親友、ビジネスパートナーなど信頼している人から裏切られる意味合いが込めれています。例えば、一緒にビジネスを運営しているパートナーがお金を横領したり、親友が自分の好きな人と付き合ったような状況で、「He stabbed me in the back.(彼は私を裏切りました。)」と表現します。また同じようにbackを使って「Have someone’s back」というと「(人を)守る・助ける / 〜の味方をする」のいみになります。
ビシネス英会話 Lose one’s touch「鈍る、腕が鈍る」
I don’t know what has happened to her playing. She seems to have lost her touch.


  「lose one’s touch」で、 「腕が鈍る」「腕が落ちる」の意味。これまで上手くできていたことが出来なくなってしまったときに使う表現です。似た表現に、「get rusty」があります。こちらも意味はほとんど同じですが、長い間使って(行って)いなかったことに対し、技術が「錆びついてしまう」といった場面で良く使わます。



NEW! – Learning Western Cultures and Humors through Jokes!!

There was a boy who worked in the produce section of the market.

A man came in and asked to buy half a head of lettuce. The boy told him that they only sold whole heads of lettuce, but the man replied that he did not need a whole head, but only a half head. The boy said he would go ask his manager about the matter.

The boy walked into the back room and said,

“there is some asshole out there who wants to buy only a half a head of lettuce.” As he was finishing saying this he turned around to find the man standing right behind him, so he added, “and this gentleman wants to buy the other half.” The manager okayed the deal and the man went on his way.

Later the manager called on the boy and said,
“you almost got yourself in a lot of trouble earlier, but I must say I was impressed with the way you got yourself out of it. You think on your feet and we like that around here. Where are you from, son?”

They boy replied, “Canada, sir.”

“Oh, really? Why did you leave Canada,” asked the manager.

The boy replied, “They’re all just prostitutes and hockey players up there.”

“My wife is from Canada!!”

The boy replied, “Really! What team did she play for?”